Getting old sucks
Old gym people suck; they are stinky and are always hogging the machine that you need to use. They spent more time in the gym talking then I spent at school getting my Master’s degree. With such terrible workout routines, we are often left wondering why the even bother coming to the gym at all. Go back to golfing.
But… what about the ex-shredded jacked veiny grandpa? How do some old guys and gals keep such ripped bodies their whole lives, while others turn into sacks of mush? Let us take a look at the first five Mr. O winners and see how their grandpa bodies are looking.
Are we doomed?
Are we going to be ugly and floppy when we hit the ripe old age of 60? Honestly, probably. Unfortunately, as we age, we lose the hormones that allow us to stay ripped as we are young. But thankfully fat and muscle are two different tissues.
What happens to our muscles will depend on whether or not we are still training and how our diet is in our old age.
Our muscles will atrophy (get smaller), and as the body slows we will most likely gain some fat, but muscles themselves never become fat. As for our skin, it tends to lose some elasticity with age, so our skin may be looser but that is again independent of muscle mass and fat. Either way, bodybuilders of the past look 30 years younger than their wrinkly counterparts. It is better to be the sexiest grandpa and granny in the old age home than the triple chin wrinkle monster, so what do we have to lose?
Want to be old and shredded? Keep reading…
Does bodybuilding help the aging process?
The usually intensive bodybuilding diet, comprised of healthy carbs, loads of protein and healthy fats, along with valuable supplements build and nourish the body. Building and nourishing the body for years while your young provides a massive advantage to bodybuilders as they age.
Lifting weights which is the bread and butter of any bodybuilder will help to offset osteoporosis – bone degradation – while ensuring a degree of consistent muscle mass to enable a strong base of structural support and the promotion of sufficient physical abilities as you get old.
As the bodybuilding lifestyle requires you to consistently eat well and train regularly, it becomes a part of our daily routine to lift and eat well. This is a massive advantage. We are developing habits and mental pathways now, not waiting until we are old and saggy bags of skin to start making healthy life choices.
The First 5 Mr. Olympia winners video montage on the next page!
Do bodybuilders have an advantage over the regular oldies? Take a look at these icons, and I’ll let you decide. They look pretty damn good to me, with shorts like those how can Arnold not get laid? If my boobs are going to get saggy either way, might as well make sure they are big.
The First 5 Mr. Olympia Winners Then And Now
One of our final honorable mentions goes out to Frank Zane. Frank Zane is an American former professional bodybuilder. He is a three-time Mr. Olympia, and his physique is considered one of the greatest in the history of bodybuilding due to his meticulous focus on symmetry and proportion. I mean just look at this guy, and this is in his 60’s…..
Have a good workout today my friends, and make sure to encourage that old bag of bones hogging the 20lbs dumbbells.